Finding a dress to wear to a spring wedding can be notoriously tricky. How to look demure for church without feeling frumpy? How to navigate between dresses fit for the pew and those for a night out? Do we dare go above-the-knee these days? From versatile floral slips to quirky colour-pop styles that will take you through to party season, the days of 'once-a-year' wear are well and truly gone. Here’s our guide to being the best-dressed guest this season.
Romantic Mesh Dress, £39.00, Miss Selfridge
Channel the effervescence of Molly’s Goddard’s frothy tulle creations with this romantic blush pink dress. An elasticated smocked waist and lightly draped handkerchief skirt will give a semblance of silhouette, while the frilled edges and cutaway sleeves give a hint of personality - dial down the accessories to let the detail shine.
Shirt Dress With Subtle Frills, £39.99, H&M
The humble shirt dress receives a high fashion upgrade courtesy of H&M, who have deployed a sumptuous silken weave and frilled trims on the collar, sleeves and kick flares to give this staple stylish. Pair with white heeled mules and oversized sunglasses for a thoroughly modern vibe.
Agnes Floral Applique Strappy Dress, £190.00, French Connection
Give your wardrobe a contemporary feminine twist with this powder pink georgette dress. The simple scoop-neck shift makes light work of styling, while the raw edges and 3D floral-appliqued flared skirt give a feminine riff just right for occasion wear. Team with ankle strap heels and an oversized blazer for a hint of androgyny.
Siena Lace Midi Tea Dress, £145.00, French Connection
This vintage-style tea dress laced with delicate chantilly lace is a winner whether you’re off to meet friends for lunch or watch a friend walk the aisle - plus, the fiery flame-like hue is all the rage for summer. Wear with sandals and beach waves for a pared-down look.
Twisted Cut Out Dress, £160.00, Topshop Boutique
Elevate your wedding guest game in a jiffy with this statement buttercup yellow dress. Cut in a twisted midi length that calls upon the head-turning cocktail wear of the Eighties, the beauty of this funnel-neck gown speaks for itself. Contrast with a pair of blue-gem earrings for a truly stand-out wedding look.
Eastern Square Neck Midi Dress, £39.00, Topshop
Draw inspiration from the East with this floral printed vermillion midi dress featuring a square neckline and cross back detailing. Just on the right side of 90s cool, style with a cropped jacket and kitten heels for retro chic.
Tropical Cold Shoulder Dress, £45.00, Oasis
Your shoulders have been in hiding for too long - now make them the centrepiece of your outfit with this emerald green floral dress. A jazzy tropical mirror-image print on saves this shift from regularity, plus the cut-away shoulders add a nice irreverent touch.
Magnolia Wrap Dress, £79.00, Warehouse
Let everyone know spring is upon us with this absolutely beautiful magnolia print wrap dress that conjures up happy days just by looking at it. With cutaway shoulders and ruffles set along the side seam, all you need is a pair of flatforms to set the swish and sway in motion.
If florals don’t take your fancy, then refresh your spring wedding wardrobe with sophisticated metallic hues. This textured shift dress lends a well-placed shot of pale green sheen to occasion wear and is a great base for you to indulge in some colourful accessories.
Sequin Lace Pencil Dress, £42.00, Dorothy Perkins
Blush, lace, and a suggestion of shimmer: this dress is a versatile and confident choice for a spring wedding. It’s demure enough for the church yet party appropriate for an after-hours celebration. Plus, everyone loves a Bardot neckline.
Hanky Hem Lace Midi Dress, £100.00, Topshop
This textured midi dress takes style cues from the Thirties with a handkerchief hemline and figure-skimming silhouette. The fresh white fabric makes a perfect canvas for the striking gold floral embellishments, which means that with a pair of flats and an oversized blazer, you’re good to go.